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Guess? by texaskillet

If you don’t know because you didn’t see it and I didn’t talk to you about it, then guess what happens next?

If you guess correctly, I will send you something I made. I can’t tell you what that something will be since I never know what mood I’ll be in from day to darling rainy day.

 

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Hostess Gift #1: Sop it up with something fantastical by texaskillet

It might be time to start a series of these. You know those people that invite you over and go to all the effort, pull out all the stops, prepare to entertain YOU.

Well those people deserve a gift, a small token of appreciation, something to show you know the effort they spent and love that they think you are worth it.

Here is a super simple project that is ALL DIY and lets you personalize or neutralize depending on how well you know the recipient.

 

Set of Dish OR Hand towels

All you need:

Sewing machine

Plain towels – I prefer the Costco 6 pack in white, but they sell a few other colors. Obviously this can be as lush or functional as you want.

FABRIC OF YOUR CHOICE! Yes you can totally do this with a fat quarter or scraps from your last quilting project, etc.

Thread

Scissors

Optional: measuring device. J

 

1st – Measure width of the towels of choice, feel free to eyeball it, LOVE that term.

2nd – Cut fabric to a ¼ inch Wider than your towel

3rd – Now cut fabric to get the desired height of the strip you will sew onto the towel

4th – This step is optional: Pin the fabric onto the towel with just 1/8 of an inch hanging over on the sides.

    I say this is optional because I don’t do it. I prefer to just hold everything in place via finger pinning and go for it. Weeeee!

5th – Load your machine with thread that compliments your fabric. Load your bobbin with thread that compliments the towel.

6th – Set your stitch to zigzag and your stitch length to zero. This may be different for some machines, but it should be fairly similar. If you have a satin stitch, you can use that for a nice rounded look.

7th – Run the fabric and towel combo through the sewing machine slowly creating a thick tight zigzag border for your fabric.

8th – Tie off and snip any thread ends for extra security.

What you get in the end should look something like the below. I have fun with this since there are just SOOOO many wonderful fabrics out there. One year I made a whole families worth of gifts with these. It wasn’t super easy because I didn’t know them very well at the time and had to carefully consider what they might want hanging around in their kitchen. But I’ll be honest, that was part of the fun. I hope you enjoy this one and that your friends need towels. 😉 Of course you could just make some towels that will be so much more amazing than anything you’ll find in the store. It’s also a nice way to up-cycle some of those boring towels that you have lying around at the bottom of your linen closet. Oh and if you are nervous about the small ripple effect, just give it a wash and an iron before gifting. It will all work out!

Hint: Be sure to apply the strips to the same side of the same end of each towel. Note where the towel tag is. You don’t want that to be a focal point. YAY!

 

 

 



Fabricday! by quornflour
February 24, 2011, 8:35 PM
Filed under: Clever Chickadees, craft, quornflour, sewing | Tags: , , , , , , , ,

It would only be better if it was Fabric Friday, but Thursday is good too.

Last week I received a box at work which I thought contained tea and freeze dried strawberries. When I opened it I was super psyched to discover that it was a gift bag.

In the bag were the two lovely jelly-rolls and a card that made a lot of noise and a gift certificate for fabric.com. Now given my track record in the past for gift certificates (I somewhat recently found a gift certificate for Pottery Barn from 2003,) I have made an effort to spend them when I get them. So that is what I did.



I must have been reading Young Librarian Old Cowboy when I was shopping, because there is a definite theme there. I love the fabrics! I think I will turn them into a baby quilt.

That said, apparently they did not get the memo with regards to how I like my fabric folded, but whatever, there are worse things.



Binding by quornflour

I am not going to sit here at lie to you and tell you how much I love binging, how easy it is and how I jumped head first into the crocodile pit.

Fact is: I feared it. I let it consume me.

Fear or not, it makes a quilt look so much more finished than one without.

So one day I tried it out. It turned out ok. I learned a lot. I tried different methods, asked people and a lot of trial and error.

That said, the one I just finished was the first after numerous attempts, some better than others that I sat back and said. “Wow that was easy.”

So to spare you all of the failure that I had to endured let me share with you the easiest way to bind.

First. Skip the pre-folded binding you find in the craft store, I still do not understand that stuff. Besides, if you make your own, you can match the fabric with the quilt.

After you have finished piecing, basting and finally quilting or tying off your quilt: trim off all of the uneven edges if there are any and set it aside.

Next with the fabric you want to use to bind, cut it into strips, fabric is usually between 45″-52″ wide so take note of this when you are determining how many strips you will need. Don’t cut the long way, that’s tacky.

I use 3″ strips, it makes a nice thin binging but is also easy to use. For a long time I was using 2″ until I realized that doing that was making me a crazy person.

After you are done cutting get out your iron and iron each piece down the middle (the long way) right side out and then open and iron the sides in so it is ironed into quarters. Fold it up on the ironed seams and re-iron. (I love ironing). You can see the completed ironing in the picture above.

Next you want to attach all of your binding to make one long strip. To do this, take the ends of your binding end to end perpendicular right sides together and sew along the diagonal to make a mitered seam.

Cut off the triangle and open. Repeat this until all of your biding is one piece, if you find that your seams are crooked, take it out and do it again.

Starting in the middle of one side with a tail of about a foot so that you can join the ends when you get near the end, pin If you’re into that) or hold the binding on, and sew in the middle, if you are lined up correctly you will sew both sides at the same time. I like to go around a second time, but that is because it is just sewing straight lines.

To go around the corners fold into triangles and sew, leaving your needle in the down position when turning the corner.

Make sure it is folded evenly on both sides… the back sometimes likes to get a little squirrely.

When you get close to the end, stop about 12″ near where you started. This is the part that gets a little tricky and I forgot to photograph because I was concentrating… basically you are going to overlap the two ends so that they overlap the equivalent length that is the width. If you are using 3″ strips, then it would be a 3 inch overlap. Join the ends the same way you joined the strips earlier. Finish sewing. Easy peasy!

 

 



Warm up by quornflour

Yesterday it snowed. It snowed a lot. Or enough at least to make it on to the top 5 January snowfalls in recorded history since there were records, or something.

Snow = shoveling. Shoveling = sore back.

A sore back that calls for a heating pad, which reminded me, I had told a friend I would make her a heating pad, so I did. Boy was it easy!

All you need is some scrap cotton, I used some extra cotton muslin I had laying around from one quilt or another, and some corduroy or similar.

You’ll want two pieces so that you can make a cover that is washable since you’ll be filling it with rice or flax seed, and well putting that in the washing machine would be gross.

You will also need 1 ½ Cups of dry rice or flax seeds, a sewing machine, scissors or rotary cutter and a ruler.



  • Cut the cotton to 11″x10″
  • Cut the corduroy to 16″x10″
  • Fold the cotton in half (right sides in if patterned) along the 10″ side and sew with a ½” seam around two open sides
  • Turn it right side out and sew around the same side using a ¼” seam
  • Fold the opening down 1″
  • Fill with 1-1 ½ cups of dry rice or flax seeds
  • Sew opening twice
  • Set aside
  • Take to corduroy and put in a 1″ hem at one end
  • Fold right sides together “hot dog” and sew two sides, leaving one short end open and turn right side out.
  • Put the rice bag in the corduroy bag and fold the extra length in to hold bag in place

Tada! You’re done. Heat for a minute in the microwave, or on a steam heater, I don’t advise heating on a baseboard heater, because that could start a fire. You can also keep this in the freezer for an icepack, but I will show you how to make a much better icepack another day.

 

 



Quilts to be made…like soon. by texaskillet

Kelli’s Confessional-

Yesterday I went shopping.  Yay for fabric shopping.  I bought an entire quilts worth out of the remnant bin.  With the surfacing of the word Mantique I figured that I might as well contribute to the legacy of Manly items by creating and this time FINISHING a manquilt.  I still have to come up with something coinable as a term but, I’ll get there.  First things first.  The fabrics:

   

 

Now… while I was there, I couldn’t possibly stop at that.  So I decided to perhaps for the first time EVER, make a quilt for my etsy shop.  No intended recipient, no newly hatched babies, no freshly married couples in bliss, no single guy friends that just need a special blanky, no kids who demand personal attention from their mother at every turn.  🙂 Here’s the fabric stack I chose(that I bought a YARD each of).  It was based in brown but for those of you who know me, Zis Iz Nawt a Zurprise!

  

  

  

A few additions that I found while stacking in the store for the quilt… I have opinions and one of them was that I must have these.

  

Ordered the two following beauties from Fabric.com .   This is the first order I have put in with them and I did it through Amazon, mostly for guaranteed easy returns if I hated it.  Interestingly enough I didn’t get what I thought I was getting, but I am still happy with it. 🙂  I blame the ADD and my inability to read anything in a room where there are other goings ons.  My curse, I am okay with it.

   

  THEN THERE’S THIS LIL’ SLICE O’HEAVEN:         

 

And on that note… I shall return with directions on creating the quilt, whichever random brain pattern I decide to go with. Now onto catching up with my programs.



Addiction by quornflour

My name is Felicity and I am addicted to fabric.

Given the size of my stash it should almost have a name. I love fabric. Primarily I buy cottons for quilts. I bought some new fabric today.

Fabric shopping is probably what nurtured the early stages of my friendship with Kelli.

We worked together and discovered that we were both quilters. Or at least we both had made a quilt or two in our lives and found that we really enjoyed it. So at lunch we would head out to JoAnn‘s and shop for fabrics.

When we started Kelli was purchasing quarters and fat quarters, a term I had never heard before, mostly because I still do not fully understand the value unless it is kitten face fabric. I convinced her that purchasing by the yard was far more advantageous. While I am not entirely sure that was the best advice, I to this day still purchase by the yard, and likely will until the day when purchasing by the bolt is manageable.

So now I have what is commonly referred to as a stash. It is all carefully folded and piled on shelves in the second bedroom. Sometimes I just stand in there and find inspiration.

When I pick fabric I have quilts in mind, even if they aren’t quilts that will ever actually be made, there is the people quilt, the green quilt, the brown quilt, the red and black quilt and so on. I prefer print that seem classic to me and basic. No crazy depth or batik.

Today I added to my stash, some light green fabrics that on a cold day like today seem so springy and happy. I was shopping for some 90″ muslin for the back of a quilt I just finished piecing, only to discover that the stores near me do not have what I need. Tomorrow I will head out for batting, which I also had lead myself to believe I had more than I did of and some muslin.




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